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PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 23: Actor Gerard Butler attends GQ Men Of The Year Awards at Musee d'Orsay on November 23, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

I remember when the movie “Heat” came out. It featured the first time that Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro would act together, in the same scenes, in a movie (they were in “Godfather II,” but never together). The Director, Michael Mann, is/was renown for the grittiness and realistic action he brought to the screen.

“Heat” told the story of an elite burglar (DeNiro) and his team, and an elite cop (Pacino) and his team playing a cat-and-mouse game leading to a HUGE confrontation at the end.

Even today, if I run across it on TV, I have to stop and watch.

 

 

Now, get ready for “Den of Thieves.” I’m not comparing the acting skills of Gerard Butler (pictured above) and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson to their predecessors, but the story is VERY similar. From the official synopsis:

“Den of Thieves” follows the intersecting and often personally connected lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. and the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank of downtown Los Angeles.

Only time will tell if this movie is as revered at the one it appears to be paying homage to.

 

 

“Den of Thieves” opens in January.